Clyde Van Dusen
|Clyde Van Dusen|
|Death date||January 8, 1951|
|Career wins||not found|
|Major racing wins, honours & awards|
|Major racing wins|
American Classic Race wins:|
Kentucky Derby (1929)
|Leading trainer at Santa Anita Park (1941, winter)|
|Clyde Van Dusen, Mata Hari|
Following a career as a jockey, Van Dusen turned to training. Handling the racing stable of Amsterdam, New York businessman, Herbert P. Gardner, in 1929 Clyde Van Dusen became the only trainer to ever win the Kentucky Derby with a horse named in their honor. The gelding, Clyde Van Dusen, was the first son of the legendary Man o' War.  Shortly after winning the Derby, van Dusen went to work for Detroit auto body manufacturer, Charles T. Fisher, owner of Dixiana Farm. Van Dusen trained Fisher's colt Sweep All who ran second to Horse of the Year and future Hall of Fame inductee Twenty Grand in the 1931 Kentucky Derby. In 1933 and 1934 he trained Fisher's Mata Hari to American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and Three-Year-Old Filly honors. In December of 1938, after nine years working for Charles Fisher, Van Dusen gave notice that he would be leaving.  In 1939, he accepted the job of trainer for the California stable of movie studio boss, Louis B. Mayer.
The leading trainer at the 1941 Santa Anita Park winter meeting, on February 6 he became the first trainer to saddle four winners on a single racecard at Santa Anita, a record that as of 2009 has been tied but never broken. Van Dusen retired at the beginning of March that year but remained active in racing with a small string of his own horses.  During 1941, he and the horse Clyde Van Dusen were reunited when the retired gelding was sent to Hollywood Park Racetrack to serve as a lead pony. 
Clyde Van Dusen died in Beverly Hills, California of a heart attack at age sixty-five.